The Bascom is thrilled to announce the return of the garden tours for Mountains in Bloom 2016. This year will
feature some of the most exclusive gardens of Bowery Road in Highlands, NC. The theme of this year’s
benefactor party is Hamptons in the Mountains, which will feature all of the luxury, beauty,
and exclusiveness of Long Island, NY.
Please consider becoming a benefactor! Benefactors for Mountains in Bloom not only have exclusive access to numerous benefactor-only events,
but will also be given access to the stunning auction lots available!
Auction lots include:
Bankshaven: A private tour of the 1820's house and formal gardens, forty miles south of Atlanta in Newman, GA. This tour will conclude with a picnic lunch
for up to 8 people in the Regency-style pool pavilion. This iconic Southern mansion, which is not open to the public, has been featured in The Magazine Antiques,
and is located on over one hundred acres of forest. The landscape is said to have been influenced by the great English designer, Humphrey Repton. The gardens
include a broad lawn sweeping from the terrace to a picturesque lake, an Italian garden featuring a marble foundation, a swimming pool hedged by holly, a boxwood
maze with gazebo, and a formal walled parterre garden filled with roses, peonies, and seasonal plantings. The house, formally known as The Gordon-Banks House, is
furnished impeccably with 19th century antiques and paintings by Bierstadt, Rosen, Durand, and other masters.
Bee Cottage: Enjoy a private tour of the garden at Bee Cottage and lunch for up to six people prepared by owner, famed author, Frances Schutlz. This treasure of
The Hamptons has been chronicled in France's columns in House Beautiful, and is the subject of her recent book, The Bee Cottage Story. The home is nestled in perennial
gardens and lawn, featuring a pool. Frances, whose many books include Atlanta at Table, is an accomplished chef, having studied with Marcella Hazam in Italy, among others.
Frances' meals are as stylish as they are delicious, and this an exclusive opportunity not to be missed.
Cunningham Home: This special evening for twelve begins with cocktails and a garden tour, followed by al fresco dinner overlooking the garden of Jerry and KC Cunningham
in Cullasaja Club of Highlands, After dinner, walk the paths along streams and pools with lush plantings and urns from all over the world. The gardens span over two
acres and include many unusual plantings, as well as familiar natives from the Highlands Plateau.
Brookside: Owned and Jim and Deen Sanders, winners of this auction lot will enjoy lunch and tour for 12 of the five acres of formal gardens mixed with naturalized plantings
along a bold brook. Stone paths connect garden rooms defined by boxwood hedges, big-leaf magnolias, and hundreds of hostas. There are numerous planters in addition
to masses of seasonal color accented by a bronze sculpture collection.
Dinner for Eight at Canyon Kitchen: Enjoy a private cocktail tour of the kitchen gardens at Canyon Kitchen with award-winning Chef, Adam Hayes, and then a "bounty of
summer" dinner paired with wines at this sought-after open-air dining establishment.
Ridley Howard Oil Painting: A beautiful 5 x 7 oil on panel painting 'Plein Air, Studio View Near Palaia, Italy' 2015 by the esteemed artist, Ridley Howard.